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Prep football notes

Area teams tune up for openers

Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 3:59 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 4:06 p.m. CST
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Jake Merkel tries to shake off the tackle of teammate Drew Pullam in Friday’s Red-White Scrimmage at Hall.
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The Tigers scooped up water melon after the Blue-White Scrimmage at Princeton.

The Red Devils’ offense had their first opportunity to showcase their skills during the Red-White Scrimmage Friday night at Richard Nesti Stadium. The first team defense saw no action.

A fumbled snap on the first exchange of the night could have set a precedent for the rest of the evening but junior running back Chris Hammonds scooped up the loose ball and scampered 60 yards for the score.

After that the Red Devils seemed to settle in as junior signal caller Drew Pullam got comfortable in the shotgun and started to direct the offense.

Overall, it was a good scrimmage, Hall coach Randy Tieman said.

“I wanted to see some of the stuff we’ve been working on how it looked and I wanted to see some of my second tier guys run the ball a little bit and see how they act in this situation. We think they can play and we find out tonight whether they can or can’t and I think we got a pretty good indication of that.

At Bureau Valley: First-year coach Spencer Davis said while the Storm didn’t plan to do a whole lot Friday, it was “nice to have refs come and explain a few things.” They did give Storm fans a preview of their new passing attack with senior quarterback Parker Neuhalfen.

At Princeton: Princeton coach Jesse Snyder said it was good for the Tigers to get an opportunity to compete, albeit amongst each other, and the “kids got to get out in front of the community.” The first-string offense and defense each ran two series of 10 plays each and Snyder saw some good things and things to continue to work on.

“We saw some good things offensively and defensively and saw some things we’ve got to continue to improve on. Every day’s about getting better than you were yesterday,” he said. “We were crisp on offense understanding our assignments and have to continue to build on maintaining those assignments. We understood what we were supposed to be doing on offense and we executed it. We have to continue to understand certain concepts about our offense, but we were able to maintain blocks, we ran our motions hard and we sold our fakes.

• This week’s season openers under the Friday Night Lights will all play out within Bureau County borders with Hall hosting Bureau Valley, Princeton hosting Morrison and Amboy/LaMoille traveling to St. Bede.

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